REGIONAL FLAVOURS: Jason Ford prepares the region's famous pork belly wrap, ahead of the South Bank event.
REGIONAL FLAVOURS: Jason Ford prepares the region's famous pork belly wrap, ahead of the South Bank event. Kate Darvall

South Burnett mixing with the big boys

THE flavours of the South Burnett will soon take to the big stage at this year's Regional Flavours festival in Brisbane.

South Burnett chef Jason Ford will join a convoy of chefs and winemakers to showcase what the region has to offer.

Mr Ford said the festival, now in its eighth year, allowed the South Burnett to mix with the "big boys".

"It's a way of taking the tastes of the South Burnett to Brisbane where there's a massive audience," he said.

While Mr Ford said the event was a fantastic way to bring flavours together, he said it was a chance to prove the South Burnett was front and centre when it came to fresh produce.

"We're in competition with all the other regions, some do it well and others don't," he said.

"You've got to be seen, otherwise we'll miss out."

REGIONAL FLAVOURS: Jason Ford prepares the region's famous pork belly wrap, ahead of the South Bank event.
REGIONAL FLAVOURS: Jason Ford prepares the region's famous pork belly wrap, ahead of the South Bank event. Kate Darvall

While the South Burnett chef was now an event regular, he said each year brought its own surprise.

And last year was no different.

"I was given two to three minutes to talk to Miguel (Maestre) on stage about bunya nuts," he said.

"It was all very strict, and had to run to the second.

"But when I got up there Miguel recognised me from the pumpkin festival and started talking to me about pumpkins.

"He kept me up there for about 15 minutes, meanwhile the director was getting quite grumpy.

"Miguel kind of goes off track, no one can control the guy."

Mr Ford said this year's event would also feature celebrity chefs including Maggie Beer, Matt Preston and George Calombaris.

He urged people to go along and help spread the word about the South Burnett, and all it offers.

It will be hosted at South Bank on July 16 and 17. For more visit regional flavours.com.au.

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